Brazilian portal Teleco reports that there are currently 6.443 active chips for M2M in Brazil. Of those 6.433 million active chips, 2.676 million of them can be attributed to Claro Brasil.
Although this keeps them in its position as the market leader in Brazil, it still represents a significant drop for the country. Compare that number to the second quarter, when the firm had 3.020 million active chips for M2M.
The remaining active chips in Brazil can be attributed to Vivo, TIM Brasil and Oi. TIM Brasil came in just behind Claro Brasil with 1.258 active chips (although this represents a drop from the 1.523 million active chips that they had at the end of the second quarter). Vivo increased their active chips by 30 percent; at the end of the second quarter, they had just 860,000 active chips, whereas by the time of the report, they had 1.114 million active chips.
Oi showed moderate growth, but remained mostly the same over the course of the last quarter with 902,000 active chips at the end of the second quarter, and 997,000 active chips in October.
M2M technology has the potential for growth in Brazil. Cyril Zeller, senior sales director for the global telematics segment at Telit, told 4-traders.com that vehicle tracking technology had the potential to significantly reduce car theft in Brazil. She cited South Africa, a country where car theft rates have been traditionally high, as a place where this has had a significant impact.
In fact, car insurance companies require that the tracking technology be installed before signing a contract. Telit’s Brazilian director said one of their solutions is Spin_JAMM, a product that “detects the presence of jammers and emits a visual and audible alarm that alerts drivers and law-enforcement when they come near this type of device, securing precious seconds and minutes that can save lives and valuable cargo.”
Edited by Braden Becker